Pregnancy can be such a wonderful as well as a trying experience. Mommies around the world describe this period as special, emotional, joyful, and profound. But the same mommies will also not hesitate to admit that pregnancy is synonymous with boredom as well. With movement being restricted, your work-life taking the back burner, and your social life close to non-existent, there may be days where you’re plonked on the couch, having nothing to do. Pregnancy is a nine-month-long waiting game, and although the prize at the end of it is entirely worth it, there’s going to be some severe boredom to address.
All hope isn’t lost, though! You can be pregnant and have fun! We’ve listed a few fun things for you to indulge in while you’re in the family way; read on:
1. Get Some TLC
Pregnant women often complain of backache, headache, swollen feet, and swollen ankles — this in itself is reason enough to get yourself a nice massage or spa treatment. Go ahead and get a subscription to a luxury spa, but make sure they have trained professionals to provide massage therapy to pregnant women. A pedicure and manicure, for example, is a great stress buster and relaxing activity. Not to mention you will look like a bomb, hot mom-to-be. You deserve all that tender, loving care! If you’re not too keen on the idea of stepping out, you can opt for salon treatment at home as well.
2. Get A Home Makeover
Many good things can come out of your boredom, one such thing is a complete makeover of your home. You can rearrange your furniture and add a few decoratives while getting rid of the old ones. Make sure you get help while moving around heavy furniture. You can also change the color of your walls. One crucial thing to keep in mind if you’re going to repaint your house is to opt for lead-free paint. Excessive exposure to lead can be hazardous to your little one. Re-doing your house is also a great way to prepare for your baby. You can think of ways to baby-proof your homes, such as getting baby safety gates and electrical outlet covers. Browse through baby room ideas and how you want your baby’s room designed. It will give you a serotonin boost and even more excitement for the arrival of your baby. It is also essential to keep yourself occupied to keep the hormones at bay.
3. Connect With Other To-Be-Moms
It’s nice to connect with your friends and family at all times, but you might feel like you’re not on the same page with them during your pregnancy, especially if you’re the only one pregnant at that time. It’s normal and okay to feel this way. Sometimes, you need a friend who is going through the same life changes as you. Since you’re bored, this is the best time to connect with other expectant mothers like yourself. There are several online communities — you never know, you might find your new best friend there!
4. Don The Chef’s Hat
We’re well aware of the fact that pregnancy equals ridiculous food cravings. Now is a great time to pull out that recipe book and try that dish you’ve always wanted. In addition to this, you can also spend a good amount of time making some healthy dishes that should be a part of your diet. Don’t skimp on vegetables and fruits. Experiment with smoothies — there’s plenty of them you can try! Smoothies and fruit bowls are a splendid way to get your share of nutrients for the day. Try to avoid greasy food because no matter how tempting it is, you need to get the right nutrients in for the health of you and your baby. Making something from scratch is also a relaxing activity rather than being a couch potato at home.
5. Have A Date Night With The Better Half
You and your partner were most likely overjoyed with the news of your pregnancy, but sometimes, it can take over the whole relationship. In most cases, the pregnancy and the coming of the newborn are probably all you ever talk about. Since pregnancy is such an overwhelming time, keeping the romance alive can be challenging. It may get a little worse after your baby arrives, so now is when you can take some time for yourself. Plan a date night with your partner to turn things around! This way, you’ll rekindle the flame and kick your boredom to the curb.
6. Plan A Night Out With Your Besties Minus The Alcohol
We know you are not allowed to over-exert yourself or travel too much. But being cooped up inside and only a few park walks can get the better of anybody and leads to overthinking or worse, depression. It is always nice to have a good change of scene and place for some rejuvenation. Plan a late-night staycay vibe with your besties, complete with all your food cravings, fun games with your fave music. Keep the alcohol on hold since you are not allowed to consume it while expecting a baby. If you are not a night out type of person, go for a sunny picnic with your friends.
7. Revive Some Reading Habits
It is natural to read through all the internet pdfs about questions regarding pregnancy. However, to keep your mind fresh, the smell of a book is a good thing to take your mind and eyes off the screen. Choose an interesting fictional book or something lighthearted to take your thoughts off stressful triggers. Make a cup of warm tea, grab a book and cozy up on your balcony for that self-therapy.
You don’t have to be confined to your bed at all times just because you are pregnant. We’ve listed a bunch of things to get you started, so go on and relieve yourself from all that boredom. Instead of engaging in physically demanding activities, there is a lot you can do to keep your mind and body fresh. Do you have any tricks up your sleeve to keep yourself occupied? Please share it with us in the comments below!